Elizabeth Loftus

The Malleability of Memory is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Elizabeth Loftus, a world-renowned expert on human memory and Distinguished Professor of Psychological Science; Criminology, Law, and Society; Cognitive Science and Law at UC Irvine. This extensive conversation covers her ground-breaking work on the misinformation effect, false memories and her battles with “repressed memory” advocates,  the introduction of expert memory testimony into legal proceedings and the effect of DNA evidence on convincing judges of the problematic nature of eyewitness testimony.  

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, The Benefit of the Doubt, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

  1. Memory, Eventually – From mathematics to yellow birds
  2. Legal Attraction – A critical lunch leads to the misinformation effect
  3. Inside the Courtroom – Real witnesses, real cases, real effects
  4. The Landscape Shifts – DNA evidence and the winds of change
  5. Inception – Implanting childhood mall trauma
  6. Confirmation – Extensive reproducibility
  7. The Temperature Mounts – Jane Doe and the podium defense
  8. Sociological Speculations – How did we get there?
  9. Science and Pseudoscience – In search of hard evidence
  10. Structural Reform – Learning from New Jersey
  11. Scanning Memories – Lies, deliberate lies, and statistics
  12. Increasing Awareness – From Sesame Street to Sweden



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The Malleability of Memory is also part of the five-part Ideas Roadshow CollectionConversations About Law, which is available in both paperback and electronic format.